DID THAT REALLY JUST HAPPEN?
I was talking to a twenty nine year old man who was getting ready to go have a night out on the town. I advised him not to take anything he didn't want to lose with him. He said I was a 'fear monger'. The next morning, he discovered he had lost his I-phone. And credit card. He said he was more angry about me being right than losing his stuff.
"It's a horrible burden I bear." I retorted.
I HATE BANGKOK
The first night I arrived in town I was pretty tired and out of sorts. I had a beer and a very nice conversation with some other travelers. After that night, I was sick (the dreaded 'traveler's tummy') for the next three days. Boy did that suck.
After lying around the hostel for several days I finally got a bit better and was able to journey forth without worrying my ass would unexpectedly spray shit. It's a happy feeling.
Bangkok is pretty much sweltering. Even the Thais are complaining about the heat. During the day I'm not seeing many tourists running around.
Sorry that there aren't more pictures and videos here in Bangkok but I got most of that crap done the first two times I was here. When I get out of Bangkok I'll make more for your amusement.
THE NEAR FUTURE
Since I messed up by not having some ports into and out of Indonesia written down, the worker at the Indonesian embassy seemed suspicious that I wouldn't leave his country or something odd. Had I been thinking more clearly, I'd have said "Take a look at my passport. Do you honestly think I'm going to stay anywhere?"
As I write this, it is Tuesday. On Thursday, my passport should be ready one way or the other. As I understand it, the Indonesian government gets to keep my $45 either way. Bummer.
Whichever way it goes, I am out of Bangkok on Thursday.
Unless things get totally strange, I should have time to grab my passport (hopefully with a shiny new Indonesian visa), retrieve my crap then taxi it over to the place I'm getting the bus ticket. Then, it's off to Krabi Town and hopefully something more interesting than a third time in Bangkok.
My loose plans are the south of Thailand to Indonesia to Philippines to Cambodia then god knows where. Hopefully by then I'll have saved up some money and I can GTFO of Asia. Either Africa or back to eastern Europe would be nice.
But if you are a regular reader, you know how my 'plans' go...
Current weight, fully clothed with satchel and such, 121 KG. (Fuck pounds - only three countries use that crap).
My 'diet plan' consisting of not being able to keep anything in combined with sweating my ass off constantly and - due to the extreme heat - not wanting to eat much - seems to be working.
Cheap flip flops, starting price 450 TBH, bargained down to 250 TBH.
Thai boxing seats, 1000-2000 TBH.
Plate of kind of crappy spaghetti, 100-200 TBH.
Traveler's toothpaste, 13 TBH.
Big Arabic style meal to celebrate not being sick any more, 450 TBH. That got out of hand (price wise) very quickly.
Bus from Bangkok to 'Krabi Town', 550 TBH elsewhere or 800 TBH from the hostel. Even with a 100-200 TBH taxi ride to get to the place I'm getting the bus from I'm saving money going elsewhere. Always shop around.